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3R: Matthew – Chapter 7

Matthew 6 /Matthew 7 / Matthew 8

The Story so Far

  • Chapter 1
    • The genealogy
    • The birth of Jesus
  • Chapter 2
    • The visit of the wise men
    • The escape to Egypt
    • The massacre of the infants
    • The return from Egypt
  • Chapter 3
    • John the Baptist
    • People are being baptised by John in the river
    • But not all are welcomed by John
    • John: One who is coming is greater than he
    • Jesus baptism …
  • Chapter 4
    • Jesus is tested by the devil in the wilderness
    • Jesus begins his ministry in Galilee
    • Jesus calls the first disciples
    • Jesus ministers to a crowd (and his fame spreads)
  • Chapter 5
    • The Beatitudes
    • Salt and light
    • The law and the prophets
    • Concerning
      • Anger
      • Adultery
      • Divorce
      • Oaths
      • Retaliation
    • Love for enemies
  • Matthew 6
    • Concerning
      • Almsgiving
      • Prayer
        • The Lord’s Prayer
      • Fasting
      • Treasure
    • The sound eye
    • Serving two masters
    • Do not worry

Matthew 7

Do Not Judge

  • … or you too will be judged (1)
    • … and by the same measure (2)
  • Becareful to see your own problems before looking at others (3-5)

You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbour’s eye.

Matthew 7:5; NRSVA

Profaning the Holy

‘Do not give what is holy to dogs; and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under foot and turn and maul you.

Matthew 7:6; NRSVA
  • And how exactly would we do this in ‘modern’ life?

Ask, Search, Knock

‘Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. or everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.

Matthew 7:7-8; NRSVA
  • Would you give your child something that would deliberately hurt them? (9-10)
  • How much more so then would your ‘heavenly Father’ give good gifts to you?

The Golden Rule

 ‘In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets.

Matthew 7:12; NRSVA

The Narrow Gate

  • The difference between the roads?
    • Destruction (17)
    • Life (18)

A Tree and Its Fruit

‘Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 

Matthew 7:15; NRSVA
  • Test these people by looking at the consequences of what they do (16)
    • Every good tree bears good fruit
    • … and every bad one … bad
      • Bad trees should be cut down ‘and thrown into the fire’

Concerning Self-Deception

‘Not everyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord”, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only one who does the will of my Father in heaven. 

Matthew 7:21; NRSVA
  • Just because people appear to be “from” God – doesn’t (absolutely) mean that they are …

Hearers and Doers

‘Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. 

Matthew 7:24; NRSVA

Now when Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as their scribes.

Matthew 7:28-29; NRSVA

Matthew 8

The prep for tomorrow is Matthew 8. Happy reading …

Matthew 6 /Matthew 7 / Matthew 8